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WTKA Roundtable 1/21/2021: Ziyah Holman’s Boyfriend

WTKA Roundtable 1/21/2021: Ziyah Holman’s Boyfriend

January 21, 2021

New Football Staff

  • Linguist got Rashod Bateman to go to Minnesota
  • Coherent staff with a coherent vision? Sam thinks Nua is going to get more pluggers now that Brown isn’t demanding upfield dudes for scheme.
  • What do you want from Harbaugh right now? Recruit some guys.
  • Have some opportunity to reshape the roster with transfers this year.
  • Hart could stick around for a few coaches, or be one.

2021 Basketball Recruiting

  • Watched the IMG game, Houstan is already an efficient college player. Young Glen Rice?
  • Diabate is Jaren Jackson Jr. Jett Howard is THJ.
  • Really in it for Walker.

Maryland Game:

  • Maryland came to shut down Dickinson, Michigan came to shut down Maryland, and both got what they wanted.
  • Could Mike Smith come back? Yeah. Could Brown? Eh. Could Eli? He likes school as much as Seth, so maybe.

Hockey things discussed:

  • ND series is always tough on a young team. Score first.
  • Seth thinks M always plays well against ND on the second swing.
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.9: Lions Already Did It

The Michigan Hockeycast 3.9: Lions Already Did It

January 19, 2021

With David Nasternak and Alex Drain

This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad Jonathan Paul is the guy with the C you want skating next to the ref and pleading your case. He's also a good guy to sit next to at the hockey games.

[Writeup and player after THE JUMP]

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SEGMENT 1: THE WEIRD OFFSIDES

starts at 0:50

What was that? What’s the dumbest rule you’ve ever seen applied oh right we asked a Lions fan.

SEGMENT 2: SCORING FIRST IS RECOMMENDED

starts at 20:29

Scoring first is recommended, especially if you’re playing Ohio State and the officials are going to get fired if the penalties aren’t even by the end of the 3rd. Can they play their game against Notre Dame?

MUSIC

  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • Brass Bonanza! - Hartford Whalers Song
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
MGoPodcast 12.18: I Know Someone in Guam

MGoPodcast 12.18: I Know Someone in Guam

January 17, 2021

1 hour and 16 minutes

The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. They're also behind our Ann Arbor Institutions t-shirt program. They have awesome custom tees and hoodies and low, affordable prices. They also have tons of great Michigan apparel that you can wear proudly to support the maize and blue! Check out UGP’s holiday gift guide at ugp.io/holidaygiftguide and use the promo code NEWYEAR for 25% off your next purchase!

Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, and Information Entropy.

1. Hoops vs Minnesota (the bad one)

starts at 1:00

Michigan gets the Barn. I guess Eli Brooks really does matter to this team. Twenty turnovers. We keep saying these two things, basically.

The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Hoops vs Wisconsin (the good one)

starts at 19:39

Hoooooooly hoops. Mike Smith won’t back down. Eli Brooks shut you down. Isaiah Livers energy man and finding his role again. Chaundee Brown miserable to go against. Franz…oh man Franz is the freakiest freak show ever, in line for a badge upgrade on D. Dickinson broke Reuvers.

3. Big Ten Hoops

starts at 38:24

Nebrasketball and State are out for COVID concerns so just a few games to round up, and fewer that matter. Brian stans for Iowa, which they’re Iowa why are you getting into a shootout with them, Northwestern? Ohio State on an incredible luck streak. Rutgers on the receiving end of that luck streak. Penn State-Purdue was mostly entertaining for the Beilein memories.

4. Hot Takes, Hockey, and WBB

starts at 1:09:25

Good hot takes, hockey swept OSU and it felt good, though special teams still feel unspectacular. WBB blew out the bottom of the conference.

MUSIC:

  • “Let You Down"—Those Darlins
  • “Transitions”—Beastie Boys
  • “There Must Be More Than Blood”—Car Seat Headrest
  • “Across 110th Street”
WTKA Roundtable 1/14/2021: Why Bring Negativity Into a Positive Environment?

WTKA Roundtable 1/14/2021: Why Bring Negativity Into a Positive Environment?

January 14, 2021

Wisconsin game discussed:

  • The officiating was so good Greg Gard complained his team didn’t get called for enough fouls.
  • Wisconsin couldn’t drive with Trice. Thought they could post up Livers with Reuvers and Smith with Davison
  • Mike Smith has become a lip-curled defensive Michigan point guard in record time. Could he return?
  • Too good to be true? Sam: defense is consistent. Seth: it might be because they have so long between games.
  • Who’s the most indispensable player on this team?
  • Minnesota preview? Both Gach is not going to beat you. Who do you like in a second matchup: Juwan or Pitino?

Mike Hart/Mike McDaniels/2021 quarterback:

  • Have Hart do all the pressers. IU fans despondent.
  • Sam: helps recruiting.
  • Craig: helps the feels.
  • Seth: helps behind the scenes with program guys, HS coaches who’ve been down on the program.
  • At least we can take solace in the fact that if Najee Harris was going to bring joy to Michigan fans…
  • Possible that Milton transfers but Michigan won’t get a transfer unless they find a guy who can start immediately.

Hockey things discussed:

  • Worst 11-3 weekend ever.
The Ace Pod 3.8: Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars

The Ace Pod 3.8: Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars

January 13, 2021

This episode, as always, is brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, who may be socially distanced from the courthouse but is still taking on clients. You can find his new website here.

You can follow Connor on Twitter and subscribe to his newsletter, A Lonely Impulse of Delight, that includes literary analysis of Calvin & Hobbes and, blissfully, nothing about Michigan athletics. Dan is not a writer but he is @ThiccStauskas on Twitter. If you’d like to hear more, the two co-host the newly titled Yet Another Michigan Football Podcast. Alex Cook you know from his writings here, and his blog about The Grand Castle.

[Writeup after the jump]

SEGMENT ONE: POST-WISCONSIN CACKLING

Alex is happy to be talking hoops. He gives his thoughts on the Wisconsin game while I fail to locate my pants. Then we answer questions about the scariest Big Ten teams left on the schedule, what areas of their game current players have improved the most, and where Franz Wagner slots in among the best defenders in recent memory.

SEGMENT TWO: THE ANSWER TO EVERY QUESTION IS GONZAGA

More hoops questions! Is the team peaking too early? What flaws could a good opponent exploit? What happened to Terrance Williams’ minutes? Who’s the last freshman in football or hoops to be as pleasant a surprise as Hunter Dickinson? A bit of contention on this next one: would you trade Mike Smith for X? Is Naz Hillmon gonna win NPOY honors? Listen as we hopefully give the correct takes.

SEGMENT THREE: FINE, SOME FOOTBALL

Quick (we promise!) reactions to Harbaugh’s retention, Mike Hart’s hiring, and Mike MacDonald as a college DC. We answer one (one!) football question. Then I kick everyone out, dim the lights, and…

SEGMENT FOUR: SLOW JAMMING THE FANCYSTATS
It’s baaaaaaaaaaaaack.

Songs:

“Ya Mama” — Fatboy Slim
“The Line” — D’Angelo
“Never, Never Gonna Give You Up (Instrumental)” — Barry White

The Michigan Hockeycast 3.8: You Didn’t Just Say That Thing

The Michigan Hockeycast 3.8: You Didn’t Just Say That Thing

January 13, 2021

With David Nasternak and Alex Drain

This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad Jonathan Paul is the guy with the C you want skating next to the ref and pleading your case. He's also a good guy to sit next to at the hockey games.

[Writeup and player after THE JUMP]

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SEGMENT 1: THE 9-0 GAME

starts at 0:50

Jinxes and favorite Lions game. Game 1 and first 50 minutes of Game 2 is one narrative: Michigan is the better team. But the first game MSU’s defense falling apart was the story. Some of the goals MSU’s goalie gave up were terrible. State levels Kent Johnson—how is that not a major?—in the head after the 8-0 goal.

SEGMENT 2: THE 2-3 GAME AND RESET

starts at 20:29

The *WORST* way to start an MSU game is let them get a quick goal. Just a defensive breakdown on the 2nd shift of the game. Charlie Combs is a Just a Shooter™ and they made it work. Blankenberg was maybe right to play the too many men puck because MSU defenders were in the area. Second goal given up at the end was unforgiveable: all five players go puck-chasing. Freshmen coming along: is Beniers a top-five pick?

MUSIC

  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • NHLPA 93 Menu Theme
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
THE USUAL LINKS

You don’t just let Nik Stauskas shoot.

MGoPodcast 12.17: The Doom Face

MGoPodcast 12.17: The Doom Face

January 11, 2021

The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. They're also behind our Ann Arbor Institutions t-shirt program. They have awesome custom tees and hoodies and low, affordable prices. They also have tons of great Michigan apparel that you can wear proudly to support the maize and blue! Check out UGP’s holiday gift guide at ugp.io/holidaygiftguide and use the promo code HOLIDAY for 25% off your next purchase!

Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, and Information Entropy.

1. Harbaugh Extension and Football Program Outlook

starts at 1:00

Ba ba ba ba ba basketball, gimme the ball cuz I’m gonna dunk it. Oh right, that. Ba ba ba ba

The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Hoops vs Minnesota

starts at 28:09

That. It must be miserable to play against Michigan. Eli loses a tooth so we get more Brown, like more Brown. Also like everything that Johns does except that he wont’ do more of it. Dickinson, oh Dickinson. Smith staying in front of Carr means he’s legit okay at defense now? Finding nits to pick in lieu of the canceled game against the picking Nits.

3. Big Ten Hoops

starts at 51:10

This segment is not entirely making fun of Michigan State, but there’s a lot of making of Tom Izzo’s insane roster management. Indiana is making everything out of one guy, often late in the clock. Illinois opponents found out how to slow down Ayo, and Kofi’s not getting the ball enough. Minnesota churning out disaster factory candidates. Iowa gonna Iowa. Ohio State again gets a Rutgers game with Myles Johnson in early foul trouble—nice to see something go that athletic department’s way for once. Wisconsin is interesting but beatable.

4. Hot Takes, WBB, and Hockey

starts at 1:44:40

With everybody out for COVID we have the Naz game. Might be putting too much on Dilk. Hailey Brown has been stepping up in Leigha Brown’s absence but the ceiling on this team is much lower without key parts of their roster. In hockey, an 11-3 weekend went almost as badly as it could, with the hockey gods awarding MSU goals on their first, penultimate, and last shots in a game Michigan otherwise dominated. Blech.

MUSIC:

  • “Static Buzz"—Snail Mail
  • “Science vs. Romance”—Rilo Kiley
  • “Porridge Radio”—Give / Take
  • “Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS:
WTKA Roundtable 1/7/2021: Not to Go All Craig Ross (Goes All Craig Ross)

WTKA Roundtable 1/7/2021: Not to Go All Craig Ross (Goes All Craig Ross)

January 7, 2021

Football things discussed:

  • Putting down Don Brown
  • Harbaugh wants a guy who runs more Quarters, which Brown hates.
  • Only way to beat Ohio State is to run a pro defense.
  • Brian: nothing’s going to work.

Hoops things discussed:

  • Hunter Dickinson lfg
  • The center rotation
  • Big Ten re-rank question becomes a Wisconsin preview.

Hockey things discussed:

  • Lost more than Minnesota.
  • Refs gotta make some calls, even if it means putting Michigan’s PP on the ice.
  • They ARE a pretty team.
The Ace Pod 3.7: Tick, Tick

The Ace Pod 3.7: Tick, Tick

January 6, 2021

This episode, as always, is brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, who may be socially distanced from the courthouse but is still taking on clients. You can find his new website here.

You can follow Connor on Twitter and subscribe to his newsletter, A Lonely Impulse of Delight, that includes literary analysis of Calvin & Hobbes and, blissfully, nothing about Michigan athletics. Dan is not a writer but he is @ThiccStauskas on Twitter. If you’d like to hear more, the two co-host the newly titled Yet Another Michigan Football Podcast. Alex Cook you know from his writings here, and his blog about The Grand Castle.

[Writeup after the jump]

SEGMENT ONE: COACHTHOUGHTS

Our feelings about the latest rumors, why everything must take a painfully long time, how this could end up going, etc. Answering listener questions on Jim Harbaugh’s leverage, what he’d have to do to get off the hot seat if he signs an extension, and whether insider-y info influences our desire to see Michigan move on.

SEGMENT TWO: MORE COACHTHOUGHTS

Would we want Matt Campbell to bring his assistants? All of them? Some of them? Keep the scheme? Let him choose? (Please let him choose. Don’t RichRod era this.) Also, answering why you don’t hear much from the players during these situations.

SEGMENT THREE: TRANSFER TARGETS

We scour the transfer portal for some names, mostly at defensive tackle. Surprise, I know.

SEGMENT FOUR: DAN’S BASKETBALL PODCAST

Answering questions on M’s two-point defense, whether they’re the best team in the Big Ten, how they match up against the other contenders, and whether we should expect Hunter Dickinson to be around for very long. Also, Dan breaks down the difference between a Problem™ and a Bucket™.

Songs:

  • "Tick, Tick..."—MF Doom (RIP) ft MF Grimm
  • "Arrow Root"—Metal Fingers
  • "Eye"—Madvillain
MGoPodcast 12.16: Ukrainian Arms Dealers

MGoPodcast 12.16: Ukrainian Arms Dealers

January 4, 2021

The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. They're also behind our Ann Arbor Institutions t-shirt program. They have awesome custom tees and hoodies and low, affordable prices. They also have tons of great Michigan apparel that you can wear proudly to support the maize and blue! Check out UGP’s holiday gift guide at ugp.io/holidaygiftguide and use the promo code HOLIDAY for 25% off your next purchase!

Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, and Information Entropy.

1. Northwestern Recap

starts at 1:00

Michigan is so hard to strategize for. Hunter Dickinson demands a double, and you can't double him. Running horns with a high-low—incredible that they're already on the back end of the playbook at this point in the program. Rules say you can't do a pullup on the rim but Seth is still mad they T'd up Chaundee. Announcers versus added probabilities.

The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Maryland Recap

starts at 36:22

Serious discussion on whether Hunter Dickinson has ties to the Ukranian mafia. Michigan goes 2-3 zone and sticks with it, and Michigan goes on a run. Dickinson's flex earns an awful technical. Maryland shoots the lights out and still can't compete. Having a hard time not saying things about Juwan that are fair for a 2nd year coach.

3. Harbaugh's NFL Flirtation

starts at 1:12:40

Toledo reporter Jordan Strack has it on good sources that Harbaugh's looking around at NFL jobs, and probably would prefer to take one if they call. Would they call? The NFL has taken far worse ideas than a guy who went to the Super Bowl in the third year of a four-year rebuild. So…Soup? Soup.

4. Hot Takes and Around the League

starts at 1:32:28

This conference is ridiculous—three centers are in the Kenpom Top 10 and a fourth got pushed out for Marcus Carr. We love Both (pronounced Booth") Gach. May not be the only Disaster Factory on Minnesota. We cursed Armaan Franklin into a sprained ankle by saying he's the reason IU is so much improved.

MUSIC:

  • “I Fall in Love Every Night"—Born Ruffians
  • “What We Haven't Got Yet”—JAWS
  • “Please Don't Call Me Crazy”—The Cactus Blossoms
  • “Across 110th Street”

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